Mr. Conger to Mr. Hay.


(Mr. Conger replies to the Department’s cipher telegram of October 3 that all agree that list must include Yu Hsien and Tung Fu Hsiang. That probable reason for edict not including them is that the court is now in the capital of the former and is surrounded by the army of the latter.

  • Second. That entire list of punishments is not yet determined, but those mentioned by no means accord with the gravity of the crimes.
  • Third. Reports he has no means as yet of ascertaining manner of assuring powers that punishments are carried out. Thinks this may be secured as negotiations progress. Mr. Conger has just received from Earl Li a copy of an Imperial decree giving him full powers, but has no information as to his arrival at Pekin.)